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Dutch King Visits Problem Areas In The Hague: ‘We Need to Keep Our Backs Straight’

  March 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm by

King Willem-Alexander paid a surprise visit to the neighbourhoods of Transvaal and Schilderswijk in the Hague today. The king visited the market of the neighbourhoods and spoke to residents for two hours. The working class and immigrant neighbourhoods have been in the news negatively for a long time. A terrorist cell was operating from this area. Last year there were several riots by youngsters who attacked the police. The visit … Continue reading

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Belgian King, Fellow Monarchs React To Brussels Attacks

  March 22, 2016 at 7:41 am by

At least 28 people have been killed in Brussels this morning, as explosions occurred at the city’s airport and at a metro station. The Belgian Royal Court issued a statement from King Philippe, saying that he and Queen Mathilde were “shocked by the horrific attacks” on the city. Their thoughts are with the victims and their families in this terrible time. The royal couple’s agenda for the next two days … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Presents The Military Order Of William

  March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 15, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Maxima, handed out the Military Order of William to the special forces Commando Corps (KCT) in a ceremony held in the courtyard of the Parliament Building in The Hague. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert were present. Op het #Binnenhof krijgt het Korps Commandotroepen de Militaire Willems-Orde uitgereikt https://t.co/93WHkK3kBI pic.twitter.com/PL7nkENa4W … Continue reading

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From Evening Wear to Rubber Gloves: Willem-Alexander and Máxima Have Their Turn for NLdoet

  March 12, 2016 at 9:45 am by

Last night they were hosting a black-tie concert in Paris, today they were donning jeans and rubber gloves as they did their part for NLdoet. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima volunteered at a playground in  Alphen aan den Rijn this year. The pair eagerly got to work – Willem-Alexander carting wheelbarrows of sand to fill up a sandpit, Máxima cleaning up some of the play equipment (she even got to use … Continue reading

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Final Day of the Dutch State Visit to France

  March 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm by

The second and last day of the Dutch State Visit to France began today, Friday March 11, with a touching moment. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, visited the bar “Le Carillon”, one of the targets of the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people last November. The Royal Couple met the owner of the bar, an employee, local residents and aid workers … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Start Their State Visit to France

  March 10, 2016 at 10:43 pm by

Arrived yesterday evening in Paris, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began a two-day state visit to France today. In the morning took place a welcoming ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. The King and Queen paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the King laid a wreath. A minute of silence was held and were played the national anthems. The Royal Couple signed the Livre d’Or. … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Poses With Her Ladies

  March 2, 2016 at 4:55 am by

Queen Máxima of The Netherlands posed at her home, Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar, with her four ladies-in-waiting for  a special picture.  Since 2013 the number of ladies-in-waiting has been reduced as Queen Beatrix – as reigning monarch- needed more of them. King Willem-Alexander also posed for a photo with his 14 chambarlains. The ladies are, from left to right: Baroness M.L.A. (Bibi) van Zuylen van Nijevelt, née Jonkvrouwe den Beer … Continue reading

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Princess Alexia Released From Hospital

  March 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm by

King Willem-Alexander posted some good news about his second daughter on Facebook: Princess Alexia has been released from hospital in Austria. He added she will now have to work on her rehabilitation and that she will be walking with the help of crutches for a while. The King also thanked everybody who shared their well wishes. The princess broke her leg last saturday during the family winter sport vacation in  … Continue reading

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Dutch King Returns From Winter Vacation To Commemorate Unique Strike

  February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands cut his winter vacation in Lech, Austria short to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Strike of February 1941. The commemoration took place at the statue of the docker at the Jonas Daniël Meijer Square, close to the two oldest synagogues of Amsterdam. The February strike that took place on February 25th and 26th 1941 was the only strike of non-Jews in Europe under Nazi … Continue reading

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RVD Releases Programme for Dutch State Visit to France

  February 25, 2016 at 4:57 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the programme of the Dutch state visit to France, which will be on March 10-11 2016. The visit will build on the ‘positive impuls’ that the official visit of President Hollande to The Hague gave to the bilateral relation between the countries. The visit will be focussed on economic, cultural and European cooperation and shared history and values will be highlighted. Apart from … Continue reading

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‘Look Here, No Here’, Dutch Royals Pose For Press in Lech

  February 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm by

This morning the Dutch Royal Family posed for the press during their traditional winter holidays in Lech, Austria. The King and his family were accompanied by Princess Beatrix and by Prince Constantijn and his family. Princess Mabel and her daughters were missing, they enjoyed their ski holiday in Lech last week and have returned to London, where schools have started again. The family had instructed the children well, as they … Continue reading

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Politicians Want Openness About Costs Golden Coach

  February 20, 2016 at 5:53 am by

The Dutch Golden Coach is under restoration, which will take three years. The king is paying thee restoration from his own budget, with no additional costs for the tax payer.  A good deal one would think. In parlament the usual suspects still found a reason to complain, as royal issues can usually count on media exposure for MP’s. Already in December parlament asked Prime Minister Marc Rutte about more openness … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima Drop By West Brabant

  February 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen visited the province of West Brabant today, stopping by a number of local organisations contributing to the social and economic resilience of the region. Among the places they visited was ZuidWestHoek College, where Willem-Alexander and Máxima were given a tour of the cycling facilities (how Dutch!) and spoke with several champion cyclists. They also visited The Dragon Hotel, one of the oldest in the country, that … Continue reading

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Belgian and Dutch Royals Attend EU Presidency Concert

  January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm by

On the occasion of the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attended on Friday the official opening concert. The concert, held at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, was performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that was led by the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt. They played compositions by Wagner Prelude and … Continue reading

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Dutch New Year’s Receptions

  January 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family attended the Annual New Year’s Receptions on January 12 and 13. The first reception, on Tuesday, was held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. At the reception were present Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ministers, political leaders and members of the Dutch … Continue reading

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The Netherlands Takes Over the EU Presidency

  January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm by

To mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, today January 7, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima received the European Commission at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. At the reception were present Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, other members of the committee and the Dutch Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Presents Prince Claus Award 2015

  December 3, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday December 2nd, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel attended the ceremony of the Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. As Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund, Prince Constantijn presented this year’s award to the Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian. Newsha Tavakolian was awarded for “for her beautiful and moving account of the complex and ambiguous … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Award Erasmus Prize 2015

  November 26, 2015 at 6:07 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with Princess Beatrix and Prince Constantijn attended yesterday, Wednesday November 25, the Erasmus Prize Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The theme of this year was “Digital culture and the dissemination of knowledge”. The King presented this year’s prize to the “Wikipedia Community”. Wikipedia received the award because “it has facilitated the dissemination of knowledge through a set at any accessible encyclopedia.” At … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday Marked in Britain with Dutch Attendance

  November 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm by

Britain has honoured it’s war dead during a service at the Cenotaph in London, with Queen Elizabeth II leading the tributes. This year’s service was also attended by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. View image | gettyimages.com Two-minutes silence was heard across the country at 11am, before the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Dutch King, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Visits The European Institutions

  November 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm by

Today, Tuesday November 3, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the European Institutions in Brussels. The King was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders. At his arrival to the European Parliament, The King was welcomed by the Parliament Speaker Martin Schulz. After posing for photos and signing the guest book, a meeting was held. Then King Willem-Alexander went to the European Commission where he met the … Continue reading

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